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  • MASCOT ISSUE 424 JULY 2019

    T H E M A G A Z I N E O F T H E M I D G E T & S P R I T E C L U B £3

    ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: ‘BLEEDIN HELL’ • 3D IGNITION • DAKS OVER NORMADY • FHBVC UPDATE

    ESCAPE IN A SPRITE BY PETER OHORN

    RESTORING A FROGEYE BY NEIL MCLEOD

    OUTSTANDING CLUB MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR 2018

    HIGHLY COMMENDEDMASC MEMBERS RAISE £1000 FOR CHARITY

    www.midgetandspriteclub.co.uk

    HIGHLY COMMENDED

    THE NATIONAL CAR CLUB

    2019 IN ASSOCIATION WITH AWARDS

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  • SPRIDGETS AT CURBOROUGH

    WELCOME TO THE JULY EDITION OF MASCOT

    MIDGET & SPRITE CLUB

    NEIL THOMAS editor@midgetandspriteclub.co.uk

    The statements and opinions expressed in each and every issue of Mascot are not necessarily the considered views of the Midget and Sprite Club. The views expressed by the editorial contributors, letter writers and advertisers are their own and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Club. The Midget and Sprite Club accepts no responsibility for the results of following contributor’s advice, nor does it necessarily endorse the services or products offered by advertisers.

    THE DEADLINE FOR ARTICLES AND REPORTS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE AUGUST EDITION OF MASCOT IS...

    FRIDAY 12TH OF JULY

    ISSUE 424

    It’s been another busy month for MASCOT, with high quality reports coming in and other associated material that keeps MASCOT full of interest for members. Like others I use social media but can’t get over how carried away people get when using their keyboards. I’m sure if people were in the same room as each other when speaking, they would never become so rude and inconsiderate. Social media is also so fleeting and temporary in its information flow, unlike MASCOT where you get to keep a hard copy. MASCOT has been around a good many years and is one of the staples of this fantastic little club. As long as the club continues, MASCOT will be there. I am also delighted to report this month that yet another MASC area has been established. MASC member Andew Parrot has stepped forward and set up a new Northamptonshire Area Meeting. At their first meeting they had five cars rock up, which is a great start. Out of little acorns and all that. The meetings will be on the 3rd Thursday at the Red Lion, Welford Rd, Thornby, Northants, NN6 8SJ. Further details in the back of this issue.

    On the 3rd June I was delighted to be part of a group of 20 cars that hired Curborough for a private event. Made up mainly of K/Z Midgets and others (also mainly MASC members), we raised £1000 for the York Hospital SCBU unit that provided outstanding care for MASC members Rob and Jenni Armstrong’s baby, Alex. This event was also enabled by the generous sponsorship of one of our MASC members. Thank you. If other MASC members raise money for good causes, let me know about it please. I now have to correct the colour of Graham and Zoe Hawkins’s Midget mentioned in June’s Wiltshire report. It is in fact blaze and not red. I don’t think anyone meant to be blazist both. Then Alan Crowther contacted me on an appropriate caption for Mark Boldry’s Frogeye suspended in its overseas container, thus “When I ordered a Sprite suspension, I didn’t expect this”. You won a non existent prize I’m afraid Alan. Also take a look at Graham’s ‘Cambridge’ Report this month where he mentions the advent of noise cameras coming to a town near you soon. Better change those cherry bombs folks or you’ll be picking up a fine. Ian Cooke has also suggested that I publish the dates of forthcoming MASC committee meetings to enable members to submit any items for discussion. I think this is a great idea. The next one is on the 6th July followed by the AGM on the 26th October. Details of this and the nomination form for offering your services as a committee member are included in this issue. . Please note the submission date for nominations is 21st July. Lastly I need your planned events for the Events Calendar. It’s looking a bit sad at the moment. By publishing them in one place it’s easier for members to find events that they might like to join in with. Well that’s it for me this month. I’m off to re-pack the silencer on my K Midget now, 98db might be a tad high. Neil

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  • 26-28 July Silverstone Classic

    8 August  Notts & Derby area “Fish and Chips” night at Matlock Bath. Followed by a short drive to a local hostelry.  Contact: Ian Cooke to register an interest. ilcooke@btinternet.com

    9 September MASC Track Day, Castle Combe courtesy of MGOT

    26 October AGM, RAF Cosford

    Send your events details to editor@midgetandspriteclub.co.uk Area Reps, Please remember that you can now add your monthly events on the Club’s website.

    Please contact Mike webmaster@midgetandspriteclub.co.uk

    EVENTS CALENDAR 2019

    EVENTS DETAILS NEEDED FOR 2019 Area reps please make Neil Thomas aware of any events already in your diaries and any that are

    planned for 2019 so that they can be added to this section of the magazine and the website.

    For the magazine Neil can be contacted at editor@midgetandspriteclub.co.uk For the website Mike Bennett can be contacted at webmaster@midgetandspriteclub.co.uk

    REGALIA All available on line, along with other items at: www.midgetandspriteclub.co.uk Binders £6.50

    Key fobs £3.25

    Grille badges £21

    Badge Bar badges now in stock, £21

    Cloth badge £3.25 inc p&p

    Golf umbrellas from £19.19 plus p&p

    Window sticker £2 inc p&p

    DVD £12

    CCD00962019

    www.silverstoneclassic.com Our club’s exclusive Car Club Display Package code is:

    The cars are the stars …at the Classic

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  • CCD00962019

    www.silverstoneclassic.com Our club’s exclusive Car Club Display Package code is:

    The cars are the stars …at the Classic

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  • NEW MEMBERS We extend a warm welcome to the following new and rejoined members MAY > JUNE 2019

    5898 Andrew Breckon Hampshire Midget 1500

    5899 Robert Wells Somerset Midget Mk 2

    5900 Ray Lambert East Yorkshire Midget Mk 3

    5901 Joe Sugden Warwickshire Sprite Mk 2

    5902 Andrew & Ali Gray Nottinghamshire Sprite Mk 4

    5903 Jeremy & Karen Tickle Merseyside Midget Mk 3

    I have recently purchased

    1972 RWA midget and joined your club.

    Regards Ray

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  • All beautiful

    To submit your photo by email to editor@midgetandspriteclub.co.uk (jpeg, max file size 5MB)

    Peter Ohorn doing some smuggling at the border?

    Is she called Gabby?

    Paul Hitchings’s daughter’s wedding

    Graham likes ice cream

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  • AGM 26TH OCTOBER COSFORD RAF MUSEUM

    This is the time of year when nominations for your clubs committee are requested. We hold three to four meetings a year and you will be joining a group of like minded members whose aim is to make the club as good as it can be.

    The existing committee members are just like you, male and female Midget and Sprite owners who thoroughly enjoy their cars and who want to make sure other club members get the most out of their membership. This is your opportunity to help shape the club, get involved in the introduction of club initiatives and be instrumental in delivering value for money service to our membership. If you have an interest in the way the club is run and even if you think that you have nothing to offer, please consider applying as you’d be surprised at the many ways that you can help.

    Candidates will not have to stand for a particular committee position but simply put their name forward to be a committee member.

    If you wish to stand for election to the committee for the following year, then please complete the form below. Enter your name, sign and add your membership number. You will need a proposer too. All nominees and proposers must be fully paid up members. Joint members are also eligible to stand.

    Completed nomination forms must reach the company secretary, Glyn Polly, by 31st July.

    Name Signature Membership No Date

    ………………………… …………………………… ………………….. ………………

    Proposer Signature Membership No Date

    ………………………… …………………………… ………………….. ………………

    Completed forms should be sent to:

    Glyn Polly, 7 Long Close, Bradley Stoke, Bristol, BS32 8BG

    Or by email to: glyn.polly@ymail.com

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  • OUR STORY: EDITED BY IAN COOKE

    A LIVING HISTORY BY PETER OHORN

    A report of the escapes from East Germany with a Sprite. The first escape at the height of the Cold War had been by Heinz Meixner, who defected from East to West Berlin in the name of love in 1963, together with his future wife and mother-in-law to be.

    Meixner decided to drive under one of the steel beams that stretch across the narrow exits in the Wall. He chose Checkpoint Charlie, and riding a borrowed motor scooter, stalled it while the guard checked his passport. Meixner managed to m